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Mass. State Police: Don't Panic, But Drive Slowly

The department issued some driving tips for Monday evening's anticipated icy commute.

Massachusetts State Police are advising drivers to go slowly but not to panic about the forecasted icy commute on Monday evening.

"Once again, Massachusetts is gearing up for another snow storm. While this coming storm is not expected to bring heavy accumulation, the timing is less than ideal as it's expected to make its way across the Commonwealth during peak afternoon travel times," State Police said in a press release. "This can cause major delays in traffic, accidents and other headaches making the daily commute stressful."

State Police offered the following tips:

1. Don’t panic. "It's New England, and we’ve been here before," officials stated. "Remember to be patient with those operators with less skill driving in these expected conditions."

2. Plan ahead. Expect your commute to take longer than usual.

3. Slow down. Snow and freezing rain can create icy road conditions.

4. Mind the space. Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around you.

5. Big is not necessarily better. "Please, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security," officials wrote. "Your four-wheel drive vehicle does not ensure you have better stopping or steering capabilities."

6. Respect workers. Drivers are asked to give plows and sanders a wide berth as they work to keep road conditions manageable.

7. Never text while driving. Not only is it illegal but it's also dangerous, especially in rough weather. Remember: The use of only one earpiece for a cellphone is allowed.

8. Clear it off. Take the time before you hit the road to clear snow off your vehicle. "Heavy chunks of snow coming off of buses and trucks can cause heavy damage to other vehicles," officials said. "Clearing off just enough snow to barely see out of a small cleared spot in your windshield doesn’t count."

8. Remain calm. "Road rage will not get to your destination any faster," State Police advised. "Don’t engage other operators in aggressive driving. Please note your location and call 911 if you observe such behavior."

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